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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C4000Z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-08 17:59
Viewed: 3478
Points: 44
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I took this photo today immediately after this owl gobbled up a live mouse. It first crushed the skull with its beak and then swallowed it whole! A disgusting sight for sure! I had to use fill flash because it was a bright sunny day and the bright background was tricking the light meter. Thank you to Nigel Deacon (merlin) for help with the ID of this Eurasian Eagle Owl.

Habits: Active mainly at dusk to dawn. Flight is noiseless, whith soft wingbeats interrupted by gliding when flying over long distance. Will sometimes soar.

Hunting & Food: Eagle Owls have various hunting techniques, and will take prey on the ground or in full flight. They may hunt in forests, but prefer open spaces. Eagle Owls will eat almost anything the moves - from beetles to roe deer fawns. The major part of their diet consists of mammals (Voles, rats, mice, foxes, hares etc...), but birds of all kinds are also taken, including crows, ducks, grouse, seabirds, and even other birds of prey (including other owls). Other prey taken include snakes, lizards, frogs, fish, and crabs.
The most common type of prey depends largely on relative availability, but are usually voles and rats. In some coastal areas, they have been known to feed mainly on ducks and seabirds.

Breeding: The Male and Female duet during courtship, the Male advertising potential breeding sites by scratching a shallow depression at the site and emitting staccato notes and clucking sounds. Favoured nest sites are sheltered cliff ledges, crevices between rocks and cave entrances in cliffs. They will also use abandoned nests of other large birds. If no such sites are available, they may nest on the ground between rocks, under fallen trunks, under a bush, or even at the base of a tree trunk. No nesting material is added. Often several potential depressions are offered to the female, who selects one; this is quite often used again in subsequent years. Very often pairs for life. They are territorial, but territories of neighbouring pairs may partly overlap.

Fledged young are cared for by both parents for about 20-24 weeks. They become independent between September and November in Europe, and leave the parents' territory (or are driven out by them). At this time the male begins to sing again and inspect potential future nesting sites. Young reach maturity in the following year, but normally breed when 2-3 years old.

Mortality: Eurasian Eagle Owls may live more than 60 years in captivity. In the wild, about 20 years may be the maximum. They have no real natural enemies; electrocution, collision with traffic, and shooting are the main causes of death.

Habitat: Eagle Owls occupy a variety of habitats, from coniferous forests to warm deserts. Rocky landscapes are often favoured. Adequate food supply and nesting sites seem to be the most important prerequisites.

Distribution: North Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East. (owlpages.com)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-08 18:23]

Bonjour Alli!

Bonne présentation,l'éclairage fait biens ressortir les détails dans le plumage et le regard de l'oiseau.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Alli,
Nice descriptive note!!! I'm not sure of ID, but I'm sure someone here will know.
It's good to see a post like this from you, you've captured it well. Good clear and sharp detail, good colours and POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good week my friend.

BTW...lisa agrees with you....I'm a cheeky lovebird!!!!
what about you Alli?

Very nice bold shot of the owl. Nice color and detail . I think mabye the border matches too much the eye.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-08 20:23]

Hi Alli,
This is good portrait, very sharp and detailed.
great colour and nice frame.
Well done and TFS!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-08 20:40]

My what big eyes you have! All the better to see the little mice you need to make a meal...

Going by my STOKES Field Guide to Birds I'd say this is the Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus.
Identification: 22" Very large; widely spaced ear tufts; yellow eyes; white throat that sometimes continues in a thin V down the chest.
Great picture Alli!
Here is a picture I found on the web for comparison Great Horned Owl
This is the page I got the pic from: Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-01-08 20:48]
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If you stuck to US species, then you would inevitably come to Great Horned Owl. However, this is actually the European Eagle Owl Bubo bubo. It can be separated by the orange eyes, the lack of a dark margin to the facial mask, grey/brown (not chestnut brown) feathering of the (less distinct) facial mask, lack of white "eyebrows" and different markings on the breast feathers. This ID is, of course, reliant on this being a captive bird as the species is not migratory and has probably never been genuinely recorded wild in the USA. This is a nice portrait, although I would have preferred not to have the man-made background (upper right) visible.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-01-08 23:02]

Hi Alli,

Well done on the capture and composition.


Superb close-up Alli,

Nice POV, colors and details. Like the framing too.
Very nice work !!!

Great picture , details and POV.
Well done!

Hi Ali

Nice portrait of Mr Wise Ol' Owl. Lovely big eyes, so clear. Nice work. TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-09 5:13]

Hello Alli!
Wonderful portrait.Clear details,POV,colors,sharpness,framing and composition are excellent.Have a nice week!TFS...:-)

Hi Alli,
Excellent Owl shot! Very well saturated colors with sharp detail. Gotta luv those eyes. Well done!

Hi alli,
Very nice shot with perfact colours.
Very informative note.

Hi Alli,
those impressive eyes - wow - I love such close shots of this beautiful bird very much.
Also very good sharpness, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This is very good. Excellent colours, POV and the details is very good and sharp. Very well done.

Nice close up portrait of the majestic looking owl Alli, very ninely framed. :)

Lovely shot!
I like the POV and framing here. It's nice to see the owl so close. Details are very good though I think the colours have too much blue. I would try to make them a bit warmer.
Anyway, I like the.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-09 20:42]

Suas fotos estão muito boas...!!!
Gosto de corujas e a 'sua' está ótima.
Muito bem executada! Nitidez ótima.

Your photos are very good...!!!
Taste of owls and the 'yours' it is great.
Very well executed! Great clearness.

Hello Alli. Well composed with a great POV. Sharp detail, especially seen of the eye. Excellent info. provided also. Well done!
Thank you.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-01-16 9:13]

I can´t resist to comment a picture like this. I like this bird so much and you caught it in a really nice image. Excelent sharpness, colours and DOF! Tfs, Alli!

Allo Ali!

Excellent capture of that owl. Focus is clean and sharp. Exposure shows plenty of detail all over. Nice composition and beautifull shallow DOF.
Great work and TFS.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-24 2:59]

Hello Alli, sorry but I forgot this beauty!! Color are gorgeous and sharpness too.What a look!! TFS Didier.

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